Thom Ross, interim chief of the Archbold Police Department, will soon draw a pension check and a regular paycheck.
Council approved the procedure, known as retire-rehire, at its Monday night, March 21 meeting.
Jeff Fryman, mayor, said council made the decision to offer Ross the retire-rehire option in order to add stability to the department.
With Joe Wyse, APD chief, off work since a Sept. 22, 2015, stroke, and several new officers on the department, Fryman said Ross, a 30-plus year APD veteran and assistant chief since 1995, is a stabilizing factor.
During the council meeting, Dennis Howell, village administrator, said Ross had expressed an interest in retiring from APD before Wyse had his “episode.”
Since Wyse’s stroke, Fryman said Ross is willing to stay on the job.
“We think it’s the right move for the near future,” Fryman told council, who approved the move unanimously.
ALS-1, the Archbold-based paramedic unit, and Archbold Rescue were called to Wyse’s home at 11:55 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Wyse was transported by ambulance to the Fulton County Health Center, then flown by helicopter to the Mercy St. Vincent Health Center.
Wyse, a high school and college football standout, was 45 at the time.
After time in the St. V Intensive Care Unit, Wyse spent several weeks in Toledo area hospitals. He returned home Dec. 3, 2015.
During his initial recovery, his progress was described by his brother, Jim, then mayor, as slow but steady.
Fryman said he visits Joe Wyse often, and sees improvement every time he visits.
Fryman said moving Ross to retire-rehire status is a break-even proposition for the village financially.
Wyse never called in sick during his 18 years with the department, accruing enough sick leave to keep his police department paychecks coming well into this year, Fryman said.
When Ross was named interim police chief, his pay was raised to police chief level, “because he’s doing the chief’s job,” Fryman said.
When asked how long Ross was willing to postpone his full retirement, Fryman said “years.”